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National Empty Homes Week 2018

National Empty Homes Week is taking place 15th – 21st October 2018. As part of the campaign, Bedford Borough Council is urging residents to report any homes that are unoccupied and disused.

Empty homes continue to be a massive waste of resources and a blight on neighbourhoods across the country. They can also have a negative impact on the environment.

The council is taking decisive action and nearly £3million has been allocated to fund the compulsory purchase of properties where owners fail to take action to bring their empty property back into use.

The council says that this funding has already seen in a drop in the number of properties that have been empty for five years or more.

Report empty homes to Housing Strategy Team

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Regulation, said:

“We’re working hard to reduce the number of empty homes in the borough. If you own one of these empty properties, please come and talk to us to discuss your options and see what help we can provide.

“If you know about an empty home, please report it to our Housing Strategy team.”

The Council will continue to work hard to reduce the number of empty homes in the Borough.

Individuals and local communities can report empty properties to the council’s Housing Strategy Team.